Planned Parenthood Abortion Statistics

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has been in the news a lot in recent years because of its many leadership problems, a large number of employees exposing its “toxic and racist work environment,” and its continuing struggle to keep a tight lid on its preborn baby parts harvesting business.1 Of course, the organization’s highly-paid public relations experts strive mightily to cover up and obscure the truth regarding PP’s activities. It might even be said that it invented “fake news” more than a century ago.

Let’s take a look at some Planned Parenthood abortion statistics to uncover the truth about our nation’s leading abortionist.


Statistics: The Scalpel of Truth

People frequently lie with numbers, usually because they want to conceal critical facts, the best example in this case being PP’s famous “Only three or four percent of what we do is abortions.” However, the plain truth about the organization can be found in its own Annual Reports.

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It helps to look at Planned Parenthood in an original way to help people understand exactly what this organization is and what it stands for.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is one of 134 member associations of the gigantic International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), which works in 142 nations on every continent. It joins two other multinational non-governmental organizations that do the most damage to faith, life and family in the world — the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the architect and supporter of the Chinese forced abortion program, and the Population Council, founded and supported by eugenicists, now serving as the guiding hand behind population suppression efforts all over the world.


Planned Parenthood Abortion Statistics

  • Planned Parenthood commits about 40% of abortions in the United States
  • Their annual abortion count is up to 354,871 and growing
  • 96.9% of pregnant women who seek help at Planned Parenthood have abortions.

Since Planned Parenthood makes a huge chunk of its income from surgical and medical abortions, it has been working hard to increase its share of the US abortion market. In 1980, PP only performed 5% of the nation’s abortions. By 1995, its share of abortions had doubled to 10%; by 2003, it had doubled again to 20%. Currently, it has leveled out at about 40% of all the abortions in the United States. According to Planned Parenthood’s 2019 – 2020 Annual Report, it committed 354,871 abortions in 2020. But it also distributed 584,003 “emergency contraception” kits that year, and there is no way to tell how many early preborn lives were ended in this manner.

According to its own 2019 – 2020 Annual Report, 96.9% of pregnant women seeking help from Planned Parenthood get an abortion; only 0.7% get adoption referrals and 2.4% get prenatal care of any kind.2 And yet while it essentially only offers one choice, Planned Parenthood advertises itself as “pro-choice” while attacking crisis pregnancy centers, which provide real help to women, both those who are pregnant and those who have already had their babies.

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Since the first states legalized abortion in 1967, PPFA has committed about 8,965,000 abortions. This number is almost meaningless since it is so huge. As Joseph Stalin said after World War II, “One death is a tragedy, but a million is only a statistic.”3

The old saying that “A picture is worth a thousand words” is as true as ever, and we can use this principle to illustrate just how many preborn people have died at the hands of Planned Parenthood abortionists. We can have a tremendous impact by using our imaginations to relate the abortion issue to everyday images that people are familiar with. Here are some examples:

  • Genocides: Historians list 34 genocides that took place during the bloodiest century in the history of the world, the twentieth century. If it were ranked as the executor and enabler of a genocide of preborn children, Planned Parenthood would rank fourth — behind only Mao Zadong’s 60 million, the above-mentioned Joseph Stalin’s 40 million, and Adolf Hitler’s 30 million, and ranking far ahead of Pol Pot, Kim Il Sung, Idi Amin and Benito Mussolini.
  • Holding Hands: If the 9 million babies aborted by Planned Parenthood had been born and had grown up, then got together to hold hands, the resulting line would stretch ten thousand miles ― the distance between New York City and Sydney, Australia!
  • The Dead States: Planned Parenthood’s legion of abortionists have killed a number of children equal to the population of the entire states of New Jersey or Virginia ― or the entire population of New York City.

Of course, Planned Parenthood’s leaders ignore these appalling statistics and vigorously engage in the number one tactic of the culture of death ― distraction.

For example, PP’s leaders tell us “Hey, look. We aren’t so bad. Only 3% of what we do are abortions! This means that 97% of what we do is beneficial.” Some say that the Devil always tells us the truth ― but only that part of the truth that he wants us to hear. It is true that Planned Parenthood’s 2019 – 2020 Annual Report shows that abortions are 3% of what it offers. Fifty-two percent of its services are STI testing and treatment, 25% is birth control, and its other services account for 20% of its visits.

Read how Planned Parenthood deceptively invents this 3% statistic.

However, an abortion is profoundly morally different from STI testing or a pregnancy test. An abortion ends a life; the rest of PP’s services do not. This is the fact that PP wants to obscure. As National Review editor Rich Lowry has pointed out, the 3% figure “is crafted to obscure the reality of Planned Parenthood’s business.” Using this kind of deliberate deception, the Major League Baseball organization could claim that its vendors sell about 20 million hot dogs and other items of food and drink every year at its 2,430 games, so MLB’s mission is to feed the public, since food items consist of 99.99% of what it does. Closer to the point, Nazis could claim that killing Jews was only about one or two percent of what the Third Reich did during World War II, so why does everyone hate them? They invented the Volkswagen and workable rocket propulsion and made the trains run on time, after all!

If you’re still not convinced, you can take former President of Planned Parenthood Leana Wen’s word for it. In 2019 she explained that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s “core mission.”

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Money Gobbler

Whatever atrocity the culture of death promotes and enables, whether it be outright genocide, transgenderism, transhumanism, euthanasia or abortion, the fundamental motivators are always power and money. There are absolutely no exceptions to this rule.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America runs a business model that would make even the most unscrupulous used-car salesman drool with envy. It efficiently runs a three-level distribution system that automatically creates a demand for the next level. To begin with, Planned Parenthood peddles sex education to school children and college students, telling them that sexual activity is normal, acceptable and fun under any circumstances, no matter what type, just as long as coercion and [physical] injury are not involved. This, of course, leads to a demand for birth control, which fails so often that there are more than two million “unplanned” and “unwanted” pregnancies in the United States every year. And finally, of course, this sets up an unending demand for Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills.

One thing Planned Parenthood does very well indeed is consume money. Between 1995 and 2019, its revenues have totaled more than $31 billion in today’s dollars (that’s “illion” with a “B” preceding it), of which more than $11.4 billion came from the American taxpayer in the form of reimbursements for services rendered and outright grants. This allows the organization to lavish money on its executives; in her last year at PPFA, Cecile Richards made an incredible $1,033,274 in salary and benefits, which translates into $570 per hour of work. Thirteen other executives at PP’s national headquarters in New York City make $250,000 to $900,000 annually; eight at PP Mar Monte in California make over $200,000 annually, including the CEO who made $527,154 for less than two thirds of a year of work; nine more at PP of Greater NYC made more than $200,000 annually, topping out with the CEO at $428,321 in the last year reported.


Value-Free Sex Ed

The bloody edifice of abortion, comprised of the broken bodies of millions of innocent preborn children, must have a foundation ― and that foundation is sex education. As Alan Guttmacher, the former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood said, “The only avenue the International Planned Parenthood Federation and its allies could travel to win the battle for abortion on demand is through sex education.”4 In fact, we see this principle in operation all over Africa today. The population suppression cartel, which includes IPPF, knows that if it can corrupt the morals of African teenagers in a particular country with comprehensive sex education, abortion will be legalized in that nation within a decade.

Planned Parenthood will go to any lengths to spread explicit sex ed. It has even published a Stan Lee-supported comic featuring Spider-Man promoting PP-style sex education by clobbering an ugly green alien who seeks to sabotage sex education. In this short comic, a pernicious alien named “The Prodigy” arrives on Earth disguised as a human and sets about his nefarious plan of misinforming American teenagers on sex and contraception. The comic is so ludicrous that it is a collector’s item for pro-lifers today.5

Planned Parenthood says that it provides comprehensive sex education to 1.1 million people annually, and boasts in its Annual Reports, “Honest, fact-based education and information. That’s who we are.” But when pro-abortionists talk like this, you can be sure that propaganda is sure to follow. Some of the falsehoods contained in PP’s sex education programs, such as its now-defunct sex advice website, include the allegations that homosexuality and transgenderism are healthy lifestyles, and that all such people’s problems are caused by “bigots,” “homophobes” and “transphobes;” that abortion has a much lower complication rate than childbirth; that condoms are effective; and that crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are “fake clinics that spew out anti-choice propaganda.”

Most comical of all, PP believes that men can get pregnant; therefore, the organization recently stopped writing about “pregnant women” and replaced the term with “pregnant People.”



Planned Parenthood and its many defenders among the glitterati and the press will continue to divert, distract and demonize, but there is no defense against these Planned Parenthood abortion statistics which prove that PP is endlessly destructive, and that all it returns to us for billions of our tax dollars is death and corruption. The only thing that will finally bring this organization down is if we continue to forcefully repeat these indisputable facts.



[1] For a fascinating and detailed examination of the pervasive and blatant racism practiced at major “reproductive rights” organizations, with a strong focus on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL Pro-Choice America, see Ema O’Connor. “Employees are Calling Out Major Reproductive Rights Organizations for Racism and Hypocrisy.” BuzzFeed, August 21, 2020.

[2] Page 35 of PPFA’s 2019 – 2020 Annual Report lists the pregnancy services they provided: 354,871 abortions, 2,667 adoption referrals, and 8,626 prenatal services of various kinds. By doing a little math, we can see that 96.9% of those services were abortions. 354,871 / (354,871 + 2,667 + 8,626) = 0.9691

[3] Russian dictator Joseph Stalin, quoted in the Washington Post, January 20, 1947.

[4] Alan Guttmacher, M.D., former Medical Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), quote of May 3, 1973, quoted in Humanity Magazine, August/September 1979, page 11, and in ALL About Issues, December 1979, page 2.

[5] If you are interested, visit eBay and search for “Spider Man vs the Prodigy.” They are available for ten dollars and up.


  1. PJ on October 17, 2020 at 11:03 PM

    Does not life begin with a new and specific DNA?

  2. Jozef on October 29, 2020 at 12:19 PM

    Life does indeed begin at conception and rational consideration alone should tell us so. We see here the different manifestations of the ‘Culture of Death’ of which now St John Paul II spoke of when Archbishop of Krakow.

    Another point to ponder is whether those in persistent mortal sin deprive themselves of right reason? How else would we promote abortion, euthanasia, the redefinition of the legal meaning of marriage and so on as ‘goods’ when they are inherently evil in God’s eyes?

    Pray the Holy Rosary daily and within the limits of our circumstances we need also to perform some meaningful penance for the conversion of these people.

  3. Dr. william luckey on October 29, 2020 at 7:13 PM

    Great and informed articles. I will read them again when I have more time

  4. Charles V.H.Mauya on December 5, 2020 at 4:04 AM

    For the past 15 years also, I have managed to self – train myself as a prolife activist through materials from Dr Brian Clowes’ materials such that as I speak now Malawi (Africa) has now a local, interdenominational prolife organisation called Right to Life Friends. And this idea came to my mind after I had read “Elementary Prolife Activism” sent to me by a friend from Hong Kong. Brian!!! My prolife mentor.

  5. Jim on August 27, 2021 at 4:45 AM

    From working in neonatal wards around dozens of “shoe-box” size premie babies, it’s clear to anyone that observes can see the lights aren’t on yet.

    Second term fetuses are “human organisms”busily reproducing cells of all kinds… but the “being” just isn’t there yet.

    They are on genetic autopilot, autonomous functions only.

    Nobody wants to play god and say precisely when they are “beings”, but 1st & 2nd term they are clearly not. A “recipe” for a potential human being, but not one.

    The assertions of “at conception” is a sales job, not based on reality.

    I applaud PP for saving so many folks from bringing babies into this world when they aren’t ready to raise them.
    Then when ready, their kids will have a chance for a decent life.

    You folks on this site live in a dream world, in your head.

    • Do the Right Thing on November 7, 2021 at 10:19 AM

      Jim, if they are not ready to be a parent, there are childless couples who can not have a baby of their own who would love to raise their children. There is absolutely NO excuse for terminating a pregnancy. Life begins at conception despite what you want to believe. Science tells us that is does and so does God. You are part of the demise of moral character in this world and should be ashamed of yourself. Please take some time to reevaluate your moral truths and understand science does not lie. Then if your life is irrelevant too, then maybe you need to take a good long look at what you believe to be truly important to the rest of us.

      • Your Twisting the Facts on December 14, 2021 at 1:08 AM

        Then why are there over 100,000 children currently in the system, with 10,009+ grow out every year? Why don’t you focus on them??? This article manipulates statistics.

  6. Mama2eight on September 27, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    I would like to see these statistics with references sited. This would really help when answering the pro abortion minded.

    I read the annual report for 2019-2020 and could not see clearly the percentage of pregnant women entering Planned Parenthood leaving without their babies. You site 97%, but I can’t find it in their report.

    Thank you for your help! I want to share that information with references.

    • HLI Staff on September 29, 2021 at 10:58 AM

      Thanks for the opportunity to clarify footnote [2] in the article, Mama2eight. Page 35 of PPFA’s 2019 – 2020 Annual Report shows 354,871 abortions provided, 2,667 adoption referrals, and 8,626 prenatal services of various kinds. Of these three services related to pregnant women 96.9% are abortions.

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